Mooi River, Natal Midlands

Mooi River is 160km from Durban and 64km from Pietermaritzburg.

Mooi River is a farming and textile centre which was originally named Lawrenceville after the Irish farmer who formalised its settlement during the 1800s. Mooi River took its name from the Voortrekker description of its river - "mooi" '(translates as pretty). In Zulu, however, the river is Mpofana, meaning "Place of the Eland". Some parts of the Mooi river offer excellent boating facilities. The upper reaches are ideal for fly-fishing. Further upstream, the Mooi River Falls are a marvellous site when the river is in flood.

Outside the town, the Craigieburn Dam has camping sites and picnic spots. Popular outdoor activities include trout fishing, which can be done in the rivers in the district. The Mooi River Falls are located 25km from the town. Watersport such as boating, canoeing, tubing can be done on the Mooi River.

Mooi River forms part of the popular Midlands Meander self-drive arts and crafts route. Prior arrangements can be made to visit one of the many prestigious racehorse studs and training establishments in the vicinity (The king of the local stud farms is Summerhill which attracts clients from around the world and has won numerous awards.

Visits take around an hour). Visit the Weston Agricultural College Museum which houses British military artefacts or the Rhode House Museum, which presents a variety of local historical exhibits depicting formative activities of the area such as polo and dairy farming.

Travellers' Reviews

1 Review from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewvery good

We really enjoyed the diversity of Mooi River. We were expecting beautiful scenery (which we got in abundance), but were also pleased by the crafts industry and the watersports, due to the river. We didn't expect there to be quite so much variety and definitely didn't schedule enough time here to do all the fishing and boating that we would have liked to.

December 2012

Kara McNought (Port Nolloth)

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options

Things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Find accommodation in Mooi River

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / KwaZulu Natal Accommodation / Natal Midlands Accommodation / Mooi River Accommodation

Mooi River as a destination

Want to stay overnight?

Number of Guests

Property Type

  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
Destinations
  • Mooi River

SA-Venues.com has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.